Gentle Giants

It was my hubby’s birthday this Past Sunday. I wanted to surprise him with a visit to the Hartebeespoortdam Elephant Sanctuary. where we will learn about these gentle giants and interact with them.Me and my diva baked him a 8min microwave chocolate cake. With Chocolate ganache topping.

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I wanted to work my little diva up to the surprise to the elephant sanctuary so in preparation we made a elephant holding button ballons as a birthday card. i printed some elephant colouring pages. So that when she does meet the elephants that she could recognise them.

We started the monring by singing happy birthday to my hubby and ofcourse my diva wanted to help blow out the candles.IMG_6651 Then it was off to go mingle with the elephants. The sanctuary
is nestled in a forest. It was as if we were just in another world. mountains and forest all around us. Just quietness no hustling and bustling of cars. Just very tranquil way to spend a Sunday afternoon.IMG_6675 IMG_6851 IMG_6856Collages97 IMG_6737We first had a brief lesson about these animals so many interesting facts that we didnt know. for example elephants only has 4 teeth in their mouth at a time. Then we got to feed the elephants. My diva was quite nervous and only wanted to admire them from a far.

March 2013Then we were off to interact with these gentle giants in the forest. You would never believe but we were waiting for them and as huge as they are you could not hear them approaching  us until we actually had a visual of them. The guides says this is because their feet are structured in a manner that resembles a ballerina walking on her toes. We all then got acquinted with the elephants being able to touch and stroke them and even getting a peak into their gigantic mouths for them to show us their huge pearly white.Collages99 Collages102 IMG_6802 Collages100

Then we were off to walk hand in trunk with these giants. we had to walk in front of them reach our hands to the back and then they would automatically put their trunk over our fingers. was the most mind blowing experience. Though these giants walks extremely fast and me and my preggy bellie plus carrying a toddler, I could hardly keep up with them.Collages101 IMG_6839

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